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Working As An Application Developer/Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Developer/Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become An Application Developer/Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Application Developer/Analyst Career Paths

Application Developer/Analyst
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Application Developer/Analyst
Consultant 6.8%
Programmer 5.8%
Internship 4.0%
Developer 2.9%
Top Careers After Application Developer/Analyst
Consultant 7.6%
Developer 4.4%

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Application Developer/Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.7%

Female

27.1%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Asian

17.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

French

20.0%

Swahili

10.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Hindi

10.0%
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Application Developer/Analyst Education

Schools

University of Houston

10.1%

University of Phoenix

10.1%

Ohio State University

6.2%

DePaul University

6.2%

Oklahoma State University

6.2%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

5.4%

Temple University

4.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of Washington

4.7%

Columbia University

4.7%

Bryant University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Oklahoma

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.1%

Villanova University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.7%

Business

14.6%

Computer Information Systems

9.8%

Information Technology

6.4%

Management Information Systems

5.4%

Information Systems

4.4%

Computer Engineering

4.1%

Finance

3.3%

Computer Programming

3.1%

Accounting

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.4%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Mathematics

1.7%

Engineering

1.5%

Education

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Political Science

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.9%

Masters

28.3%

Other

11.5%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.9%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Application Developer/Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Application Developer/Analyst in the United States is $88,577 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

Real Application Developer/Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Applications Analyst/Developer Triune Infomatics Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 10, 2016 $135,000
Applications Developer Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Mar 06, 2016 $130,000
Applications Analyst/Lead Developer Lennox International Inc. & All Subs. & Affiliates Richardson, TX Oct 26, 2016 $130,000
Advisor Applications Development Analyst Puget Sound Energy Inc. Bellevue, WA Apr 11, 2015 $128,775
Applications Analyst/Developer ACRO Service Corporation Indianapolis, IN Sep 05, 2016 $126,880
Applications Developer Analyst JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Mar 05, 2016 $126,422
Applications Analyst/Developer Iormyx Inc. Herndon, VA May 15, 2015 $125,800
Application Development Analyst KLC Consulting Inc. Tallahassee, FL Jan 15, 2015 $120,000
Application Development Analyst BKFS I Services LLC Jacksonville, FL Jan 01, 2015 $119,407
Applications Analyst/Developer Lead Lennox International Inc. Richardson, TX Dec 19, 2016 $117,936 -
$134,000
Applications Analyst/Developer Lead Lennox International, Inc. Richardson, TX Dec 19, 2016 $117,936 -
$134,000
Application Analyst/Developer Landry's Management, L.P. Houston, TX Aug 17, 2016 $117,098
Software Application Developer/Analyst Multivision Inc. Fairfax, VA Dec 31, 2015 $89,669
Software Application Developer/Analyst Multivision Inc. Fairfax, VA Nov 01, 2016 $89,669
Software Application Developer/Analyst Multivision Inc. Fairfax, VA Dec 24, 2015 $89,669
Applications Developer Senior Analyst Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc. Wellesley, MA Aug 17, 2015 $89,000 -
$95,000
Application Development Analyst International Paper Memphis, TN Apr 18, 2016 $88,500
Software Applications Developer/Analyst Technosoft Corporation Southfield, MI Jan 21, 2016 $88,296
Application Development Analyst BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. Westborough, MA Apr 19, 2016 $88,275 -
$92,730
Application Development Analyst Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Mar 19, 2015 $88,000
Applications Development Analyst III BKFS I Services LLC Overland Park, KS Jan 26, 2016 $76,398 -
$95,000
Analyst, Application Development Caremark, LLC Scottsdale, AZ May 11, 2016 $76,336 -
$109,600
Software Application Developer/Analyst Technosoft Corporation Southfield, MI Dec 11, 2015 $76,149
Software Application Developer/Analyst Technosoft Corporation Southfield, MI Aug 03, 2015 $76,149
Software Application Developer/Analyst Technosoft Corporation Southfield, MI Feb 11, 2015 $76,149
Software Application Developer/Analyst Technosoft Corporation Southfield, MI Jan 14, 2015 $76,149
Software Application Developer/Analyst Technosoft Corporation Southfield, MI Feb 06, 2015 $76,149

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Top Skills for An Application Developer/Analyst

  1. Web Application
  2. SQL
  3. Database
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  • Developed stored procedures for remediation process and for data communication with Web application.
  • Added system responsibilities included software packaging and distribution, SQL Server Administration, Linux deployment and administration.
  • Tuned and optimized queries by altering database design, analyzing different query options and indexing strategies.
  • Tuned complex stored procedures for faster execution and developed database structures according to the requirements.
  • Worked with end-users to document business requirements, translate into system requirements and communicate to the remote development team in Chicago.

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